Dimensions are created by dragging something into a new direction. In mathematics we think of such concepts as time and space, surfaces such as planes and angles when we talk about dimensions, the pushing and pulling of line segments and points to create form and substance.
In its latest exhibit, Dimensions, The Associate Gallery or TAG asks viewers to consider these various abstract spaces independently of the physical space we all live in. From ceramics, to fiber, to paint and painting in wax, this exhibit brings together many points on the artistic spectrum into one show of diversity.
Ceramics artist Brian Grow describes his artwork as an amalgam of his interests in experimentation, process, aesthetics and ancient cultures. Most recently his sculptural and functional works have leaned heavily on the art of wood firing, a labor-intensive process that may be viewed as a direct extension of the sculpting of his work and a welcome marriage between spontaneous, surface and form.
Julia Dzikiewicz also finds inspiration in the ancient drawing from Byzantine Art and Christian Iconography to guide her work, resulting in art with bold colors, flat images and inclusions of crystals, pearls or metals. Her usual themes are politically oriented and reflect an interest in history and the depiction of suffering in art. Working exclusively in the medium of encaustic to paint, to print, and to construct three-dimensional objects, she utilizes this process of molten wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment) to apply layers to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint.
Fabrics have been Mary Holmgren’s passion since childhood. Returning to her roots she produces hand-woven tapestries in the Finnish ryijy technique. Ryijy derived from the Scandinavian word rya or “thick cloth” dates to as early as the 9th century with unique color and patterns for bedding coverlets and prayer rugs for cultural ceremonies. Today, these modern tapestries are recognized as unique works of art.
Mixed media artist and painter, Ann Noel rounds out the show with a unique presentation of portraits, figurative, abstract, still life and landscapes with bold color choices and techniques.
Join the artists in Studio 319 for Dimensions from Monday, June 1 through Sunday, June 28. TAG is open daily from 11am – 6pm.